VANCOUVER, BC – Westport Innovations Inc. (TSX:WPT / NASDAQ:WPRT), engineering the world's most advanced natural gas engines and vehicles, today announced it is working in cooperation with Kroger, one of the world's largest retailers with over 2,600 supermarkets in the US, to meet their industry-leading environmental sustainability goals.
"The Kroger Company has a strong commitment to finding energy efficient solutions for business operations, and to reducing our carbon footprint," says Ashley White, Logistics Sustainability Manager at The Kroger Co. "Adopting liquefied natural gas for transportation with the Westport iCE PACK™ LNG Tank System makes both environmental and economic sense."
Kroger has placed an order for 40 Westport iCE PACK systems to be integrated onto their Freightliner natural gas trucks, which will also feature the Cummins Westport ISX12 G engine. All 40 trucks will be delivered to Kroger by the end of summer 2014 to support their corporate goal to improve fleet efficiency by increasing miles per gallon and load capacity. The supermarket chain is implementing their first pilot program of the Westport iCE PACK systems at one of their Los Angeles distribution centers.
"Westport iCE PACK™ provides Kroger's natural gas trucking fleet with a cost-effective way to help meet their sustainability goals," said Mark Aubry, Vice President, Sales and Marketing of Westport. "As one of our first customers of iCE PACK, our latest technology for fleets running on LNG, Kroger clearly demonstrates their leadership in identifying new solutions that help continuously improve their fleet efficiency."
The Westport iCE PACK system is the leading LNG tank system for natural gas trucking fleets that uses clean burning, domestic LNG which costs an average of $1.50 per diesel gallon equivalent (DGE) less than diesel. Utilizing Westport's most advanced technology, iCE PACK is the only LNG tank system in North America that operates on cold or warm LNG making it convenient for fleets to fuel at an increasing number of LNG stations across North America. The use of cold LNG results in the highest energy density fuel storage available for class 8 trucking with the added benefit of diesel-like fueling experience for efficient on-road trucking needs.
At Westport Fuel Systems, we are driving innovation to power a cleaner tomorrow. We are inventors, engineers, manufacturers and suppliers of advanced clean fuel systems and components that can change the way the world moves. Our technology delivers performance, fuel efficiency and environmental benefits to address the challenges of global climate change and urban air quality. Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, we serve our customers in more than 70 countries with leading global transportation brands. At Westport Fuel Systems, we think ahead. For more information, visit www.wfsinc.com.
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